China has blocked imports of canola seed from a second major Canadian exporter.China’s General Administration of Customs announced Tuesday on its website that its officials have detected several hazardous organisms in shipments of canola from Viterra Inc.It says shipments from Viterra have been blocked to prevent the introduction of pests to China. Viterra did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The Chinese government gave the same reason for blocking canola shipped by Richardson International Ltd. of Winnipeg.The Canola Council of Canada has also reported that Chinese companies have stopped buying canola seed from Canadian producers.China accounts for about 40 per cent of Canada’s exports of canola seed, oil and meal.The Canadian Press
BEIJING — Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen says her government has asked to purchase new fighter jets and tanks from the U.S.If approved, the purchase could set off new tensions between the U.S. and China, which considers Taiwan its own territory to be annexed by force if necessary. Speaking during a visit to Hawaii on Wednesday, Tsai said requests have been submitted for F-16V fighters and M1 tanks.She said the addition of the new weaponry would “greatly enhance our land and air capabilities, strengthen military morale, and show to the world the U.S. commitment to Taiwan’s defence.”The U.S. is Taiwan’s main supplier of defensive weapons, despite the lack of formal diplomatic ties.Tsai’s unofficial Hawaii visit comes at the end of a trip to three of Taiwan’s Pacific Island allies.The Associated Press
Rabat – The twenty-four suspects charged in connection with the Imlil murders will face trial on May 16. The suspects will face different charges based on their involvement in the killing of two Scandinavian tourists in December 2018.The list of the defendants includes four main perpetrators, who posted a video pledging allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi just a few days after the murder. Moroccan television channel 2M has listed the suspects of the charges will face for their direct connection to the double murder.The group of defendants on trial includes Younes Ouzayed, Rashid Afatti, Abderrahman El Khyali, and Abdessamad Al Joud.Al Joud is considered the leader of the group, and is facing charges of “forming a gang to commit terror crimes and intentionally assaulting the life of persons premeditatedly.” He will also be prosecuted for inciting people to commit terrorist acts, praising terrorism, and promoting extremism.Further charges include using weapons and attempting to manufacture explosives, and plotting activities to undermine national security. The suspect will also be charged for reoffending.Read Also: Imlil Murders: Morocco Confirms Conviction of Second Swiss SuspectOuzayed will face the same charges as Al Joud although he is not a repeat offender. Ouzayed will face charges of forming a gang, and committing terror acts, as well as harming people’s lives intentionally. Like Al Joud, he will also be prosecuted for inciting people to commit terror crimes, and praising terrorism, as well as participating in unauthorized activities.Affati, who filmed the crime committed by Al Joud and Ouzayed, will be charged with forming a gang to commit terrorism, as well as committing violence. He will also face charges of attempting to manufacturer terror explosives to undermine the stability and security of the country.El Khyali, the fourth key defendant in the case, traveled with the other suspects to Imlil for the murder of the two Scandinavian tourists before returning to Marrakech to find a hideout.Read Also: Imlil Murders: Swiss-Spanish Suspect Pleads InnocenceEl Khayli will be prosecuted for committing terrorist crimes, forming a cell, murder, attempting to manufacture explosives to undermine the stability of the country. He also faces the same terrorism charges as the three other suspects. Twenty more DefendantsProsecutors are charging the 20 other suspects with involvement in the murders of Louisa Vesterager Jespersen and Maren Ueland which caused national and international trauma in December of last year.The list of the suspects includes one Swiss-Spanish defendant.In April, Moroccan news agency Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) reported that a Moroccan court sentenced another Swiss national on separate charges to 10 years in prison. The suspect was convicted of “setting up of a gang to prepare and committing terrorist acts aimed at seriously undermining public order, and defending, organizing and failing to report terrorist crimes and acts.”Read Also: Imlil Murder: Danish Government Warns Against Sharing of Graphic VideoOn December 17, 2018, Moroccan authorities found two bodies of Scandinavian tourists near Mount Toubkal in the Atlas Mountains. Moroccan police revealed that the two tourists were beheaded.A video showing two men decapitating a European woman went viral on social media days after authorities found the bodies of the two Scandinavian tourists. The timing of the post shocked international and local people, who linked the video with the murders.Moroccan police did not comment on whether the video depicted the crime, but Norwegian police said they had no reason to believe the video was not connected with the Imil murders.Suspects convicted of terror-related charges may be sentenced with 10 to 20 years in prison depending on the extent of their involvement in the crime. The suspects appeared at court in Sale on May 2, but a decision was made to postpone the trial give the defence lawyers time to “prepare.” The twenty-four defendants will now appear in court on May 16.
LONDON — Campaigners fighting British government plans to expand Heathrow Airport have lost a challenge in one of the country’s highest courts.A coalition of local councils, environmentalists and London residents claim the government has failed to properly address the impact on air quality, climate change, noise and congestion that adding a third runway would entail. London Mayor Sadiq Khan has also backed the lawsuit.The environmental group Greenpeace says that while the campaigners may have lost this judgment, the government is losing the argument on whether such expansion is “morally justifiable.”Parliament approved plans last year for the third runway, backing what the government described as the most important transportation project in a generation.Prime Minister Theresa May has said the expansion will boost economic growth.The Associated Press
HALIFAX — The federal government says it will spend $47 million to boost capacity at the Port of Halifax.Transportation Minister Marc Garneau made the announcement today in a large hall along the city’s rain-soaked waterfront, not far from the largest container terminal in Eastern Canada.Garneau says the money will cover half the cost of two projects, the first of which will increase storage capacity at the port by using an existing rail line through the downtown to connect the South End Container Terminal to the Fairview Cove Container Terminal north of the city’s core.The minister says the new rail line will help reduce container truck traffic through the downtown by 75 per cent, which is also expected to greatly reduce traffic congestion and pollution.The second project will upgrade the Windsor Street Exchange, the main access road to the port.The money will come from the second round of funding under the federal government’s 11-year, $2-billion National Trade Corridors Fund, which had initially rejected an application from the port.The Canadian Press
The Government reported the death of a 22-year-old female and her mother in Lagos, the country’s largest city, earlier this month. Preliminary tests on samples from the younger woman were positive for the virus and have now been sent to a UN World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza for confirmation. Results are expected shortly. No samples were taken from the mother. Contacts have been followed up and have shown no symptoms at twice the incubation period for avian influenza infection. Samples have been tested from these contacts as well as from three other suspected cases, one of them fatal, and have all been negative in preliminary tests. These samples have also been sent to a WHO Collaborating Centre. “It is important to reiterate that properly cooked poultry meat is safe to consume when cooked at temperatures at or above 70 degrees centigrade in all parts, until none of the meat is red,” WHO said in a statement. “There is no epidemiological evidence to indicate that people have been infected with H5N1 virus following consumption of properly cooked poultry or eggs. The greatest risk of exposure to the virus is through the slaughter and handling of live or already dead infected poultry.” The only other sub-Saharan African country to report human bird flu is Djibouti with one non-fatal case. North of the Sahara only Egypt has had human cases – 19 with 11 of them fatal. There have so far been 270 cases worldwide, 164 of them fatal, the vast majority in South-East Asia. Ever since the first human case of H5N1, linked to widespread poultry outbreaks in Viet Nam and Thailand, was reported in January 2004, UN health officials have warned that the virus could evolve into a human pandemic if it mutates into a form which could transmit easily between people. The so-called Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-1920 is estimated to have killed from 20 million to 40 million people worldwide. More than 200 million birds have died worldwide from either the virus or preventive culling. 1 February 2007The United Nations health agency is helping the government of Nigeria monitor the situation following two suspected fatal bird flu cases in Africa’s most populous country, only the second possible incidence of the H5N1 virus in humans in the sub-Saharan region.
25 April 2007After reaching agreement with the Sudanese Government, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will upgrade its presence in the western part of the war-torn Darfur region where about 700,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) are living. After reaching agreement with the Sudanese Government, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will upgrade its presence in the western part of the war-torn Darfur region where about 700,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) are living.UNHCR António Guterres, currently touring Darfur, said yesterday that the UN and Khartoum had reached a deal and called on local authorities to play their part by boosting security in West Darfur state for the large IDP population and for humanitarian workers.“We are counting on your commitment to improve the security situation in the IDP camps and their surroundings,” he said during a meeting with local authorities in El Geneina, the state capital. UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) do not have access to much of Darfur’s IDPs because of the poor security, which leaves them vulnerable to ambushes and other attacks from militias, bandits and other groups.After his meeting with local authorities, Mr. Guterres toured the nearby Krinding camp, which is home to some 31,000 IDPs, and spoke with some of its residents, including a delegation of 20 camp leaders.“Our main concern is security,” said one of the leaders. “We cannot move. People get shot. Many women have been raped… The security situation is terrible and there is no one to complain to.”Another leader pleaded for more help from UNHCR. “There is regular shooting in the camp. We don’t know who’s doing it and we can’t sleep because we’re afraid we will be killed.”More than 200,000 people have been killed in Darfur since 2003 through fighting between Government forces, allied Janjaweed militias and rebel groups, and the number of displaced has swollen to over 2 million.Mr. Guterres also visited a children’s centre in West Darfur yesterday and spoke with a group of displaced women who voiced concerns over security and the level of school fees.Today he is scheduled to meet with some of the 25,000 refugees from neighbouring Chad who have sought shelter in West Darfur, before heading across Sudan on Thursday to Kassala state, where he will visit long-established camps for displaced Eritreans and Ethiopians.UN World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Josette Sheeran is also in Sudan, arriving today for talks with Government officials and UN staff in Khartoum before travelling to Darfur and then the south of the country.Sudan is home to the agency’s biggest operation in the world, with an estimated 5.5 million people expected to be fed this year in part by WFP.In the south, the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) reported that more than 26,000 IDPs have been assisted in returning to their homes under a joint programme administered by the UN, the Sudanese Government of National Unity and the Government of Southern Sudan.This programme follows the signing of a comprehensive peace agreement in early 2005 ending the long-running north-south civil war in Sudan, which had forced millions of southern Sudanese to flee their homes.
In a statement released in Geneva, Louise Arbour said she was “particularly worried over reports of disproportionate use of force, including against Georgia’s Public Defender, the detention of opposition leaders and the beating of demonstrators.”She also expressed concern that independent television stations have reportedly been raided by special forces and made to stop broadcasting.“The High Commissioner expressed her support for the Public Defender and stressed that his independence and inviolability must be respected at all times.”Georgia is a State party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which stipulates that fundamental rights, such as the right to life, the prohibition of arbitrary detention, torture and cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment, cannot be suspended, even in times of emergency, the statement pointed out.“Any restriction of rights must be proportionate and may only be applied to the extent and for the time strictly required by the situation,” the High Commissioner said. 8 November 2007Reacting with concern to the imposition of a state of emergency in Georgia, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today said the independence of the country’s Public Defender must be respected.
“Women, who know the price of threats to human security so well, are also often better equipped than men to prevent or resolve them,” she said in an address to a European Union Commission conference entitled “Women: Stabilizing an Insecure World.”Equality between men and women is the ultimate tool with which to tackle issues worldwide, the Deputy Secretary-General said.“So long as women are not fully empowered, so long as we do not have true gender equality, women will always be more vulnerable to the next new challenge our globalizing world throws at us.”The meeting brought together dozens of women leaders – including heads of State, ministers, heads of international organizations, business leaders and civil society activists – to confer on the twin themes of security and women’s empowerment.Ms. Migiro pointed out that poor women contribute least to but are most affected by climate change, and urged scaled-up investments to curb food shortages and vulnerability to natural disasters.Religious extremism and intolerance also “indisputably takes its most devastating role on women,” she declared, with extremism curbing women’s human rights.Today’s meeting, which took place ahead of International Women’s Day on 8 March, was also attended by Karen Koning AbuZayd, Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA); Joanne Sandler, Executive Director of UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM); Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP); and Mari Simonen, Deputy Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). 6 March 2008Women are disproportionately impacted by global challenges yet are uniquely prepared to find solutions to them, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro said in Brussels today.
30 June 2009The governing body of the United Nations trade and development agency has convened a meeting today in Geneva to highlight the need to keep the food crisis affecting Africa from being forgotten as governments focus on tackling the global economic downturn. While the food crisis may not be making the headlines it did last year, food security is still a major concern in many African countries, according to the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).The prices of staple foods remain above their long-term averages and over 300 million Africans – about a third of the continent’s population – continue to face chronic hunger, the agency said in an information note. Ensuring food security in the region will require improving productivity and rural livelihoods, as well as addressing global market imbalances.UNCTAD said that decades of neglect, both national and international, of the African agricultural sector has transformed many countries from net food exporters to net food importers, leaving them vulnerable to price swings and variations in global crop yields. African countries currently import about 25 per cent of their food.“The vulnerability of the continent to serious food shortages and hunger remains, since the root causes have not been resolved, and a repeat of the 2008 food crisis can recur if prices for such staples as rice, wheat, corn, and cooking oil climb again on world markets,” said the agency.Among those addressing the meeting convened by the Trade and Development Board on the issue were UNCTAD Secretary-General Supachai Panitchpakdi, and David Nabarro, Coordinator for the Global Food Security Crisis and Avian and Pandemic Influenza, as well as several experts.
15 July 2009A new United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) kit – the first of its kind in the humanitarian community – seeks to help young children who have been uprooted from their homes or affected by war and natural disasters regain a sense of normalcy. Launched by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman in Geneva today, each Early Childhood Development Kit, which costs $230, can be used by some 50 children up to six years of age.They contain 37 items – including dominos, colouring pencils, construction blocks, hand puppets and memory games – that encourage playing, drawing, story-telling and numeracy.According to an agency press release, early childhood is the most critical period for brain development, with young children especially vulnerable to the stresses of war and disasters, such as hurricanes, floods and earthquakes.The kit was created after UNICEF staff and partner organizations responding to emergencies identified a need for special materials to help young children.Before its launch today, the kit was tested in seven countries – Chad, Liberia, the Republic of Congo, Jamaica, Guyana, Maldives and Iraq.The new kit complements UNICEF’s “school-in-a-box,” of which 600,000 have been distributed during emergencies to date.
National leaders and senior government ministers from around the world gathered at United Nations Headquarters in New York today to pay tribute to the efforts of the UN agency that has assisted Palestinian refugees across the Middle East for 60 years.A series of public events are being held to mark the 60th anniversary of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), which was set up to provide humanitarian assistance in the wake of the 1948 Arab-Israeli war.Karen AbuZayd, UNRWA’s Commissioner-General, said today’s high-level event offers “an occasion for reflection on why after 60 years of exile and dispossession, millions of Palestine refugees remain stateless.“With increasing talk about an emerging peace deal, let us all recommit ourselves to finding a peaceful solution in which the tragic situation of the refugees will be resolved.”The Agency currently provides education, health care, social services, microfinance, camp improvement and other forms of emergency aid to an estimated 4.6 million refugees living in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.Speaking at today’s high-level meeting, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the Agency is “a lifeline and a beacon of hope,” as well as a powerful expression of the international community’s abiding concern about the Palestinian people and the question of Palestine.Acknowledging UNRWA’s severe funding shortages, Mr. Ban appealed to all partners to do their part to ensure that the Agency’s invaluable work is placed – once and for all – on a firm financial foundation. “The Agency’s work is too important for it to suffer budget crisis after budget crisis,” he added.Last week Ms. AbuZayd warned that UNRWA may not be able to pay the salaries of its 29,000 staff through the end of this year because of a funding crisis. She urged UN Member States to donate more generously than ever to the Agency.Most of UNRWA’s running costs go to staff salaries, the Commissioner-General said, and without an injection of nearly $17 million each month the Agency will not be able to guarantee salaries into 2010. Ms. AbuZayd said she has written in the past week to every country that has ever donated to UNRWA to ask them to contribute “special pledges” given the current situation, and she hopes they will respond urgently.In a newly released commemorative book, many world figures have paid tribute to the efforts of UNRWA, including Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Jordan’s Queen Rania al Abdullah and United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.Among today’s events was a ministerial-level breakfast held at UN Headquarters, at which a large banner was unveiled bearing the words, “Peace Starts Here.” An identical banner is currently displayed on the façade of the General Assembly building. Addressing that gathering, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro said that as UNRWA marks its 60th anniversary, one message should ring around the world – that the strife and conflict must end. She added, “We are eager for the day when the Palestinian refugee issue is finally settled. Then – and only then – can UNRWA’s staff complete their mission.” 24 September 2009National leaders and senior government ministers from around the world have gathered at United Nations Headquarters in New York today to pay tribute to the efforts of the UN agency that has assisted Palestinian refugees across the Middle East for 60 years.
9 June 2010While the global recession and other crises have meant difficult times for developed and developing countries, the United Nations development chief today stressed that achieving the poverty reduction targets with a 2015 deadline is possible, outlining priority areas for action in the next five years. “If we are to reach the MDGs by the target date, 2010 must spark five years of accelerated progress,” Helen Clark, Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), said referring to the Millennium Development Goals of slashing hunger, poverty and a host of other socio-economic ills. “That progress needs to reach the countries, communities, and marginalized groups which have been left behind – overlooked, bypassed, and unable to benefit from progress made elsewhere,” she said in Madrid, Spain, at the Conference on Development Cooperation in Times of Crisis and on Achieving the MDGs.Miss Clark noted that the Goals – the most broadly supported, comprehensive, and specific poverty reduction targets the world has ever established – offers the means to a better life for those living in extreme poverty.They offer the poor a life with access to adequate food and income; to basic education and health services; to clean water and sanitation; and to empowerment for women. “Put simply, advancing the MDGs will be an important milestone in our quest for a more just and peaceful world,” she stated. A special summit will be convened at UN Headquarters in New York in September to review progress to date, which, as Miss Clark noted, has been uneven across the Goals and within regions and nations. The summit offers a chance to generate new momentum around the MDGs, she pointed out.“What is needed from the New York Summit is agreement by world leaders on a concrete MDG action agenda to reach the Goals by 2015,” she stated. “While it is clear to all that these are challenging times for both developed and developing countries, my message to you today is that achieving the MDGs is possible.” The Administrator noted that there is a range of tried and tested policies, which, if scaled up and adapted to the national context, can ensure progress. These include the concerted action by civil society, the private sector, philanthropists, political leaders, and the multilateral organizations who have come together in unprecedented ways to expand access to HIV medicines, support mass immunization, and scale up the distribution of bed nets to prevent the spread of malaria. In this regard, she highlighted the MDG Achievement Fund, established by the Government of Spain, which is supporting over 120 initiatives in nearly 50 countries to speed up progress towards the Goals. “With strong global partnerships, with committed leaders, and by applying what we learn and replicating and scaling up what works, we can achieve the MDGs,” the UNDP chief stressed.She added that while any action agenda must be adapted to each country’s unique context, the UN’s analysis and experience so far highlights eight common areas and opportunities for priority action. They are: the need to support country-led development; foster inclusive economic growth; improve opportunities for women and girls; target investments in health and education, in clean water and sanitation, and in the professionals who run these services; and scale up social protection and employment programmes and other targeted interventions.Other priorities are expanding access to energy and promoting low-carbon development; mobilizing domestic resources to finance the MDGs; and the international community delivering on the official development assistance (ODA) commitments it has made and improving the predictability and effectiveness of aid.
“The humanitarian community in Haiti reiterates its opposition to forced evictions, which only exacerbate existing vulnerabilities of camp populations,” UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Haiti Nigel Fisher said.“It recalls that eviction of displaced persons without adequate housing alternatives is a violation of their rights, as outlined in the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement,” he added, noting that these principles underscore the State’s responsibility to protect the rights of those within its territory and ensure the establishment of safe and dignified conditions for sustainable returns.Since the quake struck on 12 January 2010, killing more than 200,000 people and displacing 2.3 million others, 67,162 people have been affected by evictions, with the number of camps under threat increasing 400 per cent over the past year, from 87 in July 2010 to 348 camps this July.The statement welcomed President Michel Martelly’s reaffirmation of his opposition to forced evictions and his request to municipalities to show patience and refrain from counterproductive actions.“The humanitarian community is committed to providing all necessary support to the Haitian authorities to ensure that camp closures are conducted in a manner which safeguards the rights of those affected,” Mr. Fisher said, stressing the need to plan camp closures predictably and in consultation with those affected, within the broader framework of improving access to adequate housing while also recognizing property owner’s legitimate rights.“In support of this process, the humanitarian community proposes to set up a platform that links relevant ministries, local authorities, the Haitian National Police, the private sector and the humanitarian community,” he added. “The proposed structure would allow for effective planning for progressive camp closures, while identifying alternative housing solutions in both urban and rural settings.”Earlier this month, the independent UN expert on human rights in Haiti, Michel Forst, urged that the police receive clear instructions not to support the forced eviction of people living in formal and informal camps, outside of procedures established by Haitian law, regardless of whether camps are on public or private land. 13 September 2011Voicing concern at the evictions, some of them forcible, of nearly 70,000 survivors of Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake from camps sheltering them, the United Nations and its partners have pledged to help the authorities plan closures so as to respect the rights of those affected.
23 November 2011The United Nations human rights chief today deplored the role of Egypt’s military and security forces in attempting to suppress recent protests demanding a return to civilian rule, particularly the reported killing of some 30 protesters, and called for an independent probe into the abuses. High Commissioner Navi Pillay called on Egyptian authorities to end the “clearly excessive” use of force against protesters, including the apparent improper use of tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition, according to a news release issued by her office (OHCHR).“Some of the images coming out of Tahrir [square], including the brutal beating of already subdued protesters, are deeply shocking, as are the reports of unarmed protestors being shot in the head,” she stressed.“There should be a prompt, impartial and independent investigation, and accountability for those found responsible for the abuses that have taken place should be ensured.” On Monday Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and several independent UN human rights experts voiced their alarm at the violent crackdown on protesters, and urged Egypt’s interim authorities to guarantee the protection of key liberties ahead of next week’s parliamentary elections.UN officials have also called on all Egyptians to preserve the spirit of the historic changes that took place earlier this year, when popular protests aimed at greater freedoms toppled the long-standing regime of Hosni Mubarak.Ms. Pillay noted that “the actions of the military and security forces, instead of improving security and helping Egypt’s difficult transition to democracy, have once again simply served to inflame the situation, resulting in huge numbers of people taking to the streets to demand their rights.“The more they see fellow protesters being carted away in ambulances, the more determined and energized they become,” she stated.The authorities have an obligation to ensure a peaceful and safe environment for next week’s polls, she said, adding that the people of Egypt deserve to exercise their right to vote in the country’s first elections since Mr. Mubarak’s departure in a violence-free environment.She also renewed her call for the lifting of the state of emergency, the implementation of an effective monitoring system during the elections, the full eradication of torture and ill-treatment, the adoption of a comprehensive approach to transitional justice and a comprehensive reform of the security sectors, all of which were identified as key future steps by the fact-finding mission she dispatched to Egypt in April.
CALGARY — TransCanada Corp. plans to spend $900-million on a new pipeline connecting two Alberta oil hubs as well as a 1.9-million-barrel terminal in an industrial area north of Edmonton.The Heartland pipeline will run 200 kilometres between the Edmonton region and Hardisty, Alta., the start point of its Keystone system. It could ultimately transport 900,000 barrels of crude per day.The two projects are expected to come into service in the second half of 2015 — around when TransCanada expects its 830,000-barrel-per-day Keystone XL expansion project to some into service.“With Alberta oil production projected to increase by almost three million barrels per day over the next 15 years, it is important to have the right infrastructure in place to move these resources safely and reliably to market at the right time,” said Alex Pourbaix, the TransCanada executive in charge of oil pipelines.“These projects will help link Canadian crude oil resources in northern Alberta to markets in Eastern Canada and the United States.”In addition to Keystone XL, which would enable Canadian crude to flow to Gulf Coast refineries, TransCanada also has a plan in the works to ship up to 850,000 barrels of crude per day to refineries in Montreal, Quebec City and Saint John, N.B.Keystone XL has faced numerous delays and has been the subject of fierce environmental opposition south of the border.TransCanada plans to file a regulatory application for the terminal this spring and one for the pipeline in the fall.The Heartland project is TransCanada’s latest move in the regional Alberta market.In October, TransCanada and a PetroChina subsidiary announced a partnership to build the $3-billion Grand Rapids pipeline, shipping crude and diluent between oil sands projects northwest of Fort McMurray, Alta. and the Edmonton region.
TORONTO — Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC) is facing heightened calls from a U.S. investor to sell off or otherwise unlock the value from its real estate holdings.In a letter to the retailer’s board, Connecticut-based Land & Buildings Investment Management said it’s concerned the company has not heeded its call in June to maximize shareholder returns by tapping into its property portfolio.The investment firm says HBC’s property holdings are worth $35 a share — with the company’s Saks Fifth Avenue flagship store in New York alone worth $16 per share — compared with HBC’s closing price of $10.60 Friday.Land & Buildings, which owns close to five per cent of HBC stock, said it was unsatisfied after a recent meeting with management and threatened to call a special meeting of shareholders to remove board members if action isn’t taken on the property front.The investment firm has suggested HBC redevelop its properties in Canada, Europe and the United States, or go private, and urged the company not to invest more in additional retail brands like Neiman Marcus or Macy’s.HBC said in a statement that it welcomes feedback from all shareholders and is committed to improving its retail operations and creatively unlocking the value of its real estate holdings.
WINNIPEG — ICE Futures Canada closing prices:Canola: Nov. ’17 $1.50 lower $495.20; Jan. ’18 $2.00 lower $500.10; March ’18 $2.10 lower $504.90; May ’18 $2.00 lower $507.40; July ’18 $1.80 lower $508.50; Nov. ’18 $1.50 lower $484.50; Jan. ’19 $1.50 lower $486.20; March ’19 $1.50 lower $488.90; May 19 $1.50 lower $488.90; July ’19 $1.50 lower $488.90; Nov. ’19 $1.50 lower $488.90.Barley (Western): Oct. ’17 unchanged $145.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $148.00; March ’18 unchanged $151.00; May ’18 unchanged $151.00; July ’18 unchanged $151.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $151.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $151.00; March ’19 unchanged $151.00; May ’19 unchanged $151.00; July ’19 unchanged $151.00; Oct. ’19 unchanged $151.00.Tuesday’s estimated volume of trade: 579,760 tonnes of canola; 0 tonnes of barley (Western Barley). Total: 579,760.
Eight Dvora craft and a 10-member SLN diving team were in deployment on the SAR operation. The 35-year old Diving Instructor, Olivenzo Arnold, who had been leading the diving group had been the first to be rescued. Others, who were equipped with safety equipment, had also been rescued by a near-by fishing vessel. The Navy launched an extensive Search and Rescue Operation (SAR) in the seas off Panadura for the rescue of the divers which included a French national. The group had gone for the diving expedition from Mount Lavinia in a rented Fiber Glass Dingy yesterday. After one and half hours of diving, they had surfaced near a ship wreck off Panadura where they were caught up in a strong current and carried away.Meanwhile the body of a novice monk who had gone for a swim in Panadura was found today while another man who went for a swim in Ambalangoda had also drowned. Two people drowned while four others were rescued in three different incidents at sea today, the police media unit said.Four divers who had gone missing last morning in Mount Lavinia were rescued by fishermen and the navy today.
Vaiko had yesterday sought criminal prosecution of the Sri Lankan envoy under sedition charges for allegedly trying to instigate north Indians against the people of Tamil Nadu. “The Tamil Nadu Police must immediately register a suo motu FIR against Vaiko, arrest him for custodial interrogation and launch his prosecution. Otherwise, the Crime Branch in the Home Ministry should register the FIR,” Swamy said in a statement. Kariyawasam has blatantly violated “diplomatic immunity” by reportedly sending email to media houses recently in which he claimed Sinhalese have their origin in Odisha and West Bengal, Vaiko had said in a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. India’s Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy today termed MDMK chief Vaiko’s remarks against Sri Lankan High Commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam as “scurrilous” and demanded his arrest, the Press Trust of India reported.“The scurrilous remarks of MDMK leader Vaiko against the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka Prasad Kariyawasam is an offence under Sections 124A and 125 of the Indian Penal Code.